Dodgers News: Travis d’Arnaud Traded to Tampa Bay Rays

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 21: Travis d'Arnaud #18 of the New York Mets throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 21, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded catcher Travis d’Arnaud to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was first to report the news.

d’Arnaud was signed by the Dodgers just 5 days ago on May 5. He ends his Dodgers’ career with a legacy of one pinch-hit at-bat he grounded out in.

Manager Dave Roberts commented on d’Arnaud’s Dodgers’ career when he confirmed the deal, per Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.

“It was a good run,” Roberts said. “That simulated game we had the other day, it was great.”

Roberts also said the team will recall another catcher to take d’Arnaud’s spot on the active roster. They have not announced who it will be but they did say he is currently on his way to the stadium. Expect either Rocky Gale or highly-regarded prospect Will Smith to be the catcher added to the roster.

This is the second trade the Dodgers have made today as they also sent Paulo Orlando to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations.

So long, Travis d’Arnaud, we hardly knew thee.


Rocky Gale was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill the final roster spot, according to Jacob Rudner.

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    • Robin, I agree with you. Its time to allow youth to be served. Smith or Ruiz is fine with me, but lets bring up someone who is not 35 years or older. Go Blue!!!!

  1. First I want to say this is incredibly cold hearted to make a guys childhood dream come true and then trade him after 5 days and one measly AB it was completely pointless would’ve been better off never getting his hopes up. Secondly, they sent down Beatty for this nonsense who earned his way up and now won’t even be back because apparently we need 3 catchers. 3rd, if Friedman thinks we need a right handed bat off the bench why wouldn’t he have given Orlando a shot or even Peters?

  2. It is too late for April Fool…..There is no way D’Arnaud is not better than Gale. Let’s just hope that Barnes and Martin stay healthy. Apparently they are worried about Martin’s health. Why else do we need three catchers?

    • Gary……………I was wondering the same………..three catchers is useless unless you are planning to play an 18 inning marathon or have a catcher with serious thump and suspect defensive skills. But watching Martin of late, he does not act like a guy with a bad back. So what is up with this “we are going to call up another catcher?”

  3. OOOOO k. I don’t get it either. Seems like a bad joke. I’m sure it leaves a bad taste in somebody’s mouth. they keep changing Management upper and lower staff and some one comes up with some hair brained ideas. So it was done for money? I don’t get it. 3 catchers, ok, as long as they can play other positions.

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